To start your seeds indoors, all you need is a container and tray, potting mix, and labels.
It is important to time your seed starting process so they will be ready to transplant outside after the last frost date in your area. Seed packets will often times contain this information, but here is a timetable to help you determine when to start:
The average date of the last spring frost in central Illinois is April 15. This means there is a 50 percent or less chance of frost on this date. The actual frost-free date for central Illinois is May 12. So to plant tomatoes on May 15, you’ll need to start tomato seeds indoors between March 20 and April 3rd.
- 6-8 weeks: Pepper, tomato, eggplant, cauliflower, kohlrabi
- 4-6 weeks: Swiss chard, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, lettuce
- 3-4 weeks: Watermelon, squash, muskmelon, cucumber, gourd